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I consider myself very close to both ancient and modern Japan.

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Actor Richard Gere, who is starring in an American version of the Japanese movie about the famous dog Hachiko. Gere has been to Japan eight times since the early 1980s.

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Being in Japan 8 times is not enough to make such an statement. One has to live here several years. I really doubt he knows what he is talking about.

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Well, what do you expect him to say? That Japan is a mysterious country?

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Yeah, well, I've been there 7 times since 2004. So I'm closer to it than him. Although he's probably several degrees closer to Kevin Bacon.

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I've been there 9 times. But I ain't Richard Gere, so no one gives a heck.

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Sorry, 10 times.

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i suspect he might be taking the pish

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8 times. Wow. He's truly at one with the land of the rising sun.

I wonder how many hours he's actually spent in Japan though, as in being a tourist and wandering around rather than standing in front of a camera posing.

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he made a film with Kurosawa, that's all the cred he needs

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And least he's not all "I have so much respect for Buddhism and stuff" like Madonna. I still respect Cyndi Lauper though, she sneaks into Japan with the media unaware so she can take in the country without the circus around her.

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